From Dexter Filkins’s review of
Thomas E Ricks’s The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008.
That an undertaking as momentous and as costly as America’s war in Iraq could vanish so quickly from the forefront of the national consciousness does not speak well of the United States in the early twenty-first century
I’d add that the war as a whole didn’t say much about America’s national consciousness but that’s another story.
I think that this sounds more interesting than it is… but still, it’s interesting!
“Also interesting: a poll commissioned by his campaign just before the election last year showed an incredibly strong correlation based on browser usage. IE 6, AOL, and non-Internet users were more likely to prefer Tevis’s opponent, Republican Arlen Siegfreid. Firefox, Safari, and Chrome users were more likely to prefer Tevis.”
Hear, hear (or is it, “Here, here” — smile)
News flash: In most companies, it’s harder for women | IT Leadership
“Across the industrial spectrum, in organizations both small and large, we need more women leaders. The evidence is clear that women CEOs usually deliver better numbers than their male counterparts regardless of sector. And, as importantly, senior teams with greater diversity usually develop more creative approaches to challenges faced by the company. We need more creativity in these times.”
Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful – CNN.com
“WASHINGTON (CNN) — The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.”
Oh my god.
A conversation in pictures
It’s funny to me how people get so torqued up over IP stuff when nobody cares what they’re doing.
John Gruber or Merlin Mann
That my government did this sickens me.
Red Cross: Torture Committed At CIA Sites – CBS News
“The United States engaged in acts of torture and ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ upon prisoners held at secret detention sites operated by or in conjunction with the CIA, according to details from a secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “
I’m sorry and ashamed that this happened at all and that people like Dick Cheney are still defending the practices. I knew America, America was a friend of mine, and Dick’s American is not my America.
I hope that we manage to follow through:
climate change envoy vows ‘dramatic diplomacy’
“‘The time for denial, delay and dispute is over. The time for the United States to take up its rightful place at the negotiating table is here,’ Stern said.
‘We can only meet the climate challenge with a response that is genuinely global,’ he said. ‘We will need to engage in vigorous, dramatic diplomacy.'”
This makes me happy!
I like FDR:
BBC NEWS | Americas | US inaugurations: History in quotes
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. “
Reminds me of this more recent quote
know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.
And leaves holes in theories to people who understand science…
In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate – NYTimes.com
“The chairman of the board, Dr. Don McLeroy, a dentist, pushed in 2003 for a more skeptical version of evolution to be presented in the state’s textbooks, but could not get a majority to vote with him. Dr. McLeroy has said he does not believe in Darwin’s theory and thinks that Earth’s appearance is a recent geologic event, thousands of years old, not 4.5 billion as scientists contend.”
I also have to wonder how said that Mr. Meyer is an expert:
Stephen C. Meyer, an expert on the history of science and a director at the Discovery Institute, denied that the group advocated a Biblical version of creation. Rather, Mr. Meyer said, it is fighting for academic freedom and against what it sees as a fanatical loyalty to Darwin among biologists, akin to a secular religion.